Pittsburgh Public Theater Presents HERSHEY FELDER AS IRVING BERLIN
The story and songs of America's Composer come to life onstage in Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin, a play with music written and performed by acclaimed actor/pianist Hershey Felder. Tickets will go on sale Wednesday August 1, 2018 for this Pittsburgh premiere. It will run for 13 performances, December 19 - 30, 2018 at the O'Reilly Theater, Pittsburgh Public Theater's home in the heart of Downtown's Cultural District. For tickets call 412.316.1600, click ppt.org, or visit the O'Reilly Theater Box Office.
As Irving Berlin, Mr. Felder takes the audience from Czarist Russia to New York's Tin Pan Alley and beyond. He also channels Mr. Berlin's wife of 60 years, Ellin; Broadway impresario Florenz Ziegfeld; and Ethel Merman, the star of Berlin's Broadway musical, Annie Get Your Gun.
Mr. Berlin's music provided America with the soundtrack of a century. Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin features some of the composer's most popular and enduring songs and the stories behind their creation. Included are "White Christmas," the stirring "God Bless America," "Puttin on the Ritz," "Blue Skies," "There's No Business Like Show Business," "Easter Parade," "Alexander's Ragtime Band," and many more of Irving Berlin's cherished hits. The audience can look forward to singing along on some numbers!
In addition to Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin, Mr. Felder's unique shows include George Gershwin Alone, Monsieur Chopin, Our Great Tchaikovsky, Maestro Bernstein, and many more. He has performed them at theaters across America and internationally. He has also worked for Steven Spielberg's Shoah Foundation, interviewing Holocaust survivors to collect their oral histories on film, and was one of four interviewers to attend the 50th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz in Poland.